Prime Minister Abbott: Reform the Senate Election Process
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Prime Minister Abbott: Reform the Senate Election Process

    1. Cooper Wilcox
    2. Petition by

      Cooper Wilcox

      Cooroy, Australia

It’s great to have lots of different voices in our Parliament, but the election outcome in the Senate has been a farce.

Australians want the new government to fix the Senate election process urgently.

Something is seriously broken when we end up with a handful of people, who gather as little as 1500 votes out of 23 million people, holding the country to ransom with a six-year term in the Senate.  That’s not the outcome the system is meant to create.

We’ve got people making hugely important decisions about this country who simply aren’t ready for the job - and they don’t have a mandate from the people. We need to ask, do we want to take our country seriously?

Something should be done urgently. This is the first thing that Mr Abbott should address.  He must save our democracy and restore the public’s faith.

I am just a school kid - but I can clearly see that something has gone wrong, very wrong.  I am only 16 and can’t vote yet - but I still want a political system that we can be proud of - not one that makes us a laughing stock around the world.

We must change two things - we cannot have a process where so many people end up on the ballot paper that the form is so long no one has the time to fill it out, and we cannot have a system where someone can get only a handful of votes and get in.

Tony Abbott has been elected as leader of this country, so I want to see him lead on this issue, now.  He doesn’t have to wait for any more inquiries or reports. He can act right now.  It’s a great chance for Mr Abbott to show leadership with the public behind him.

 

To:
Mr Tony Abbott, Prime Minister
Review the conditions that allow Senate Candidates to stand for election and review the process of how Senators are elected.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Louise Evans AUSTRALIA
      • 9 months ago

      Our voting system as it stands is not democratic. Every vote should stay with that person/party, and not be channelled elsewhere.

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    • Derrick Prance AUSTRALIA
      • 9 months ago

      It is un- British

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    • Nicola Goodall PERTH, AUSTRALIA
      • 9 months ago

      Because this daft system allows the Politically Clueless into the National Arena based on a handful of votes. The current voting method baffles most of the Electorate and removes them from what they actually thought they were voting for which is proper decision making and democracy. To slightly misquote Crocodile Dundee........' CALL THAT A VOTE ?!!!'. It is time for 21st Century, grown up Elections where the percentages count and the will of the people is reflected in the resulting Government.

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    • Nicky Karunarathna MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
      • 9 months ago

      It is disgusting to see the ABS statistics that 40% Australian population is illiterate(50% in Tasmania) after providing and spending so much for the education. So how can ordinary man who cannot read or write understand the very complex ballot paper? In these circumstances majority must be voting blindly no doubt. And who get benefited by this idiotic complex system - it is the Libs! The amount of lies they told to people and now what they are doing in governments is sad and it is hilarious too. They, Libs take the Australian masses as donkeys - no doubt. It is no wonder also that majority of the Australians worshiping donkey rode Jesus business from middle eastern country and they think Bethlehem is heart of London. They even said no to kids school bonus - can you believe!

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    • Victor Humphries PERTH, AUSTRALIA
      • 9 months ago

      correct a fault in the government

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